NBC’s “Blindspot” may have been the highest rated new series on broadcast TV last season, but the producers aren’t resting on their laurels — they’re hoping to net new viewers in Season 2, which is why creator Martin Gero is describing the sophomore outing as a “reset,” bringing on new cast members like Archie Panjabi, Luke Mitchell and Michelle Hurd.
“We’re viewing Season 2 as even more important than Season 1,” Gero said during the show’s presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “One of the reasons we went so hard after Archie is we wanted to bring new viewers in… if you start watching [with Season 2], it‘ll be just as fun for you. We want to reward our loyal viewers and not alienate our casual ones.”
Because of that, Gero said, the show will catch viewers up with last season’s mythology in the season premiere, but will then “nestle back into a tattoo case of the week” to allow new fans to follow along.
Season 1 ended with the revelation that Jaimie Alexander’s Jane Doe was not Taylor Shaw, as she and Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) had initially believed, and that the real Taylor Shaw was murdered by Weller’s father as a child — leading to a painful confrontation between the two protagonists in the finale’s final moments.
Gero confirmed that the Season 2 premiere would reveal Jane Doe’s true name and answer many of the other lingering mysteries from Season 1: “For us, Taylor Shaw is behind us aside from the emotional fallout for Kurt and Jane… not only are you gonna find out Jane’s name, you’re gonna find out what Orion is, who Shepard is, what the plan of the organization is… we want to move into the story of the second season and we want to reward the longtime viewers.”
Jane and Weller are at odds at the start of the season, but Panjabi’s character, the head of a secret division of the NSA, is the “soothing mom who gets everyone back to working together.”
And although the show is shifting from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Season 2, aside from dialing back a little of the visible gore on screen, Gero insisted that the show would feel the same as it always had. “We’re not gonna shoot anyone in the head anymore. I think we’re toning back some of the violence, but I don’t think the show will be unrecognizable… we’re a heavily timeshifted show, we don’t want the show to totally reinvent itself for the 8 p.m. timeslot.” The chemistry between the ensemble cast members will also allow for “lighter moments,” as was demonstrated in the back half of Season 1, as well as “giving more screen to Patterson, to Reade and Zapata, which allows the show to feel a little fuller.”
“Blindspot” Season 2 premieres Wednesday, September 14 at 10 p.m. on NBC.